Mark Driscoll has been getting some heat as of late for some comments he made in a new e-book. Here’s the part that has people talking. Warning, it has to do with the M word:
Masturbation can be a form of homosexuality because it is a sexual act that does not involve a woman. If a man were to masturbate while engaged in other forms of sexual intimacy with his wife then he would not be doing so in a homosexual way. However, any man who does so without his wife in the room is bordering on homosexuality activity, particularly if he’s watching himself in a mirror and being turned on by his own male body.
This is the paragraph out of the whole booklet that people are taking out. You can read it in it’s full context here (although I’m not sure that will help much).
Mark also introduces another new word to me in this piece: monosexuality.
Growing up in the church, I’ve heard and read many reasons against masturbation. Perry Noble wrote a widely-read piece on the subject back in 2006.
But I’ve never heard it at all linked to possibly being a form of homosexuality.